An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.


Naval War College

686 Cushing Road
Telephone: 841-1310




Established in 1884, U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is the oldest institution of its kind in the world. More than 50,000 students have graduated since its first class of nine students in 1885, and about 300 of today’s active-duty admirals and generals and senior executive service leaders are alumni.


Navy Department General Order No. 325, dated Oct. 6, 1884, stated in part, “A college is hereby established for an advanced course of professional study for naval officers ... ” In a matter of months after the order was released, NWC’s founding president, Commodore Stephen B. Luce, welcomed the first class of nine students.


From this humble beginning the college has grown and transformed into the nation’s premier professional military education institution, now educating more than 40,000 students annually with resident and nonresident curricula tailored to the educational needs of Sailors from the ranks of E-1 to O-8.


As a fully accredited graduate institution, students completing the rigorous College of Naval Warfare and College of Naval Command and Staff resident curricula earn a Master of Arts degree and earn joint professional military education credit. Reflecting the college’s Navy-wide reach, Fleet Seminar students enrolled on a network of 20 satellite campuses across the country can earn the M.A. degree as well. The college also has a robust international engagement mission with approximately 100 international officers graduating yearly.


The college’s Professional Military Education (PME) programs prepare leaders for the challenges of operational and/or strategic level leadership as decision-makers and problem-solvers over the remainder of their careers. Approximately 400 students graduate from the Maritime Staff Operators Course and nearly 80 U.S. and international flag and general officers graduate from the Flag Course each year.


Just as NWC’s educational programs have expanded in depth and reach, so have the research and analysis efforts conducted by NWC’s Center for Naval Warfare Studies. Through war games, conferences, workshops and publications, NWC’s research arm provides direct curriculum support to educational programs, and focused task-driven analysis for fleet customers and government agencies across the national security spectrum.


NWC’s missions today are to educate and develop leaders; support defining the future Navy and associated roles and missions; support combat readiness; and strengthen global maritime partnerships.


The Naval War College has often been called the Navy’s “home of thought,” and as such, it constitutes a unique national asset unmatched anywhere else in the world. Through education, research, gaming and training, the college helps shape and support the intellectual leaders of tomorrow’s Navy and her joint and combined service partners.


Google Translation Disclaimer

  • Google Translate, a third party service provided by Google, performs all translations directly and dynamically.
  • Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, has no control over the features, functions, or performance of the Google Translate service.
  • The automated translations should not be considered exact and should be used only as an approximation of the original English language content.
  • This service is meant solely for the assistance of limited English-speaking users of the website.
  • Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, does not warrant the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information translated.
  • Some items cannot be translated, including but not limited to image buttons, drop down menus, graphics, photos, or portable document formats (pdfs).
  • Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, does not directly endorse Google Translate or imply that it is the only language translation solution available to users.
  • All site visitors may choose to use similar tools for their translation needs. Any individuals or parties that use Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, content in translated form, whether by Google Translate or by any other translation services, do so at their own risk.
  • IE users: Please note that Google Translate may not render correctly when using Internet Explorer. Users are advised to use MS Edge, Safari, Chrome, or Firefox browser to take full advantage of the Google Translate feature.
  • The official text of content on this site is the English version found on this website. If any questions arise related to the accuracy of the information contained in translated text, refer to the English version on this website, it is the official version.

Commander, Navy Region Mid Atlantic   |   1510 Gilbert St.   |   Norfolk, VA 23511
Official U.S. Navy Website